News

ASWM has been a valuable source for wetland-related news for over 10 years. It publishes the monthly "Wetland Breaking News," which is widely read as a national publication. News items are also posted under major topic categories, for example, climate change, Gulf oil spill, state wetland program news and job postings. These can be found in the drop-down menu below "News," or select a news topic from the list below, then select a news article to read. In Wetland Breaking Newsaddition to publishing WBN, the Association also offers original content with announcements, legal analysis, quirky wetland stories and more on its weekly blog, The Compleat Wetlander.

Congress moving toward 5-year commitment to Great Lakes cleanup

By Jerry Zremski – The Buffalo News – December 9, 2014

The federal government’s big-money commitment to restoring the Great Lakes is now almost certain to continue another five years thanks to House passage Tuesday of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative of 2014. The bill, which passed by voice vote, authorizes $300 million in federal funding for each of the next five years for Great Lakes programs. The legislation, which is expected to be approved by the Senate and sent to President Obama for his signature later this week, establishes a path forward for a program that has brought $1.6 billion to the lakes since 2010. The multi-agency effort has worked to clean up pollution, restore shorelines, combat invasive species and protect fish and wildlife, but Brian Smith, associate executive director of Citizens Campaign for the Environment, said that’s just the start of the work that’s needed. For full story, click here.

Long-eared bat listing gets pushback

By Kevin Duffy – The Great Lakes Echo – November 21, 2014

A fight over logging restrictions is delaying federal protection of the northern long-eared bat, a Great Lakes species already decimated in the American Northeast. An endangered or threatened listing of the bat has been pushed to April. The Fish and Wildlife Service, which has federal jurisdiction over protected species, is using the time to respond to the unexpected controversy, said Mollie Matteson, senior scientist and a bat disease specialist at the Center for Biological Diversity.  Forest industry officials worry a federal listing will hinder logging. They propose state-enforced operational guidelines as an alternative. For full story, click here.

EPA fighting order to decide on Gulf of Mexico 'dead zone' rule-making

By Jennifer Larino – NOLA.com - The Times Picayune – December 4, 2014

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency wants the federal appeals court in New Orleans to overturn an order that forces the EPA to decide whether federal rules are needed to curb the flow of pollutants into the Mississippi River. The pollutants ultimately feed a low-oxygen "dead zone" along Louisiana's coast each spring. At a Thursday hearing before the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, federal attorneys told a three-judge panel that the EPA -- not the courts -- is responsible for setting priorities for water quality and other issues. The agency argued that the lower-court order allows the rule-making process to "be whipsawed back and forth" by interest groups. For full story, click here.